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OFFICE DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL v. JOHN E. KOCHEL (03/23/87)

decided: March 23, 1987.

OFFICE OF DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL, PETITIONER,
v.
JOHN E. KOCHEL, RESPONDENT



COUNSEL

Samuel C. Stretton, West Chester, for respondent, John Kochel.

Alan Davis, for Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

Larsen, J., files a dissenting opinion.

Author: Per Curiam

[ 515 Pa. Page 449]

ORDER

AND NOW, this 23rd day of March, 1987, upon consideration of the Report and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Board dated November 7, 1986, and the respondent's Exceptions and Petition for Review of the said Report and Recommendation, it is hereby

Ordered that respondent, JOHN E. KOCHEL, be and he is SUSPENDED from the Bar of the Commonwealth for a period of three months, and he shall comply with all the provisions of Rule 217, Pa.R.D.E. It is further ORDERED that respondent shall pay costs to the Disciplinary Board

[ 515 Pa. Page 450]

    pursuant to Rule 208(g), Pa.R.D.E. The further request for oral argument is denied.

LARSEN, Justice, dissenting.

A two charge Petition for Discipline was filed against respondent, John E. Kochel, by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel on December 4, 1985. In charge 1, respondent was accused of multiple conversions of client escrow account funds for respondent's own use. Charge 2 averred that respondent had neglected a legal matter.

An evidentiary hearing was held on April 11, 1986, at which time respondent admitted misappropriating $11,095 from his clients' escrow account on 23 occasions over a 16-month period beginning March 1984 and ending in July 1985.*fn1 Respondent reimbursed the account ...


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